The Adventure Begins Hot Air Balloon
Photograph - Original Fine Art Photography By Bob Orsillo
Standing in a wicker basket, floating through the air in a hot air balloon the family adventure begins.
Original fine art black and white hot air balloon photography by Bob Orsillo
Great Falls Balloon Festival Lewiston / Auburn Maine
Baskets are commonly made of woven wicker or rattan. These materials have proven to be sufficiently light, strong, and durable for balloon flight. Such baskets are usually rectangular or triangular in shape. They vary in size from just big enough for two people to large enough to carry thirty. Larger baskets often have internal partitions for structural bracing and to compartmentalize the passengers. Small holes may be woven into the side of the basket to act as foot holds for passengers climbing in or out.
Baskets may also be made of aluminum, especially a collapsible aluminum frame with a fabric skin, to reduce weight or increase portability. These may be used by pilots without a ground crew or who are attempting to set altitude, duration, or distance records. Other specialty baskets include the fully enclosed gondolas used for around-the-world attempts, and baskets that consist of little more than a seat for the pilot and perhaps one passenger.
September 8th, 2010
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